‘The Upside of Anger’ Premiere

While helmer-scribe Mike Binder and star Joan Allen happily posed for photographers and spoke to the press at the Westwood premiere of “The Upside of Anger,” Kevin Costner hid in the back of Napa Valley Grill at the after-party.

Perhaps he hoped to avoid questions about yet again playing a baseball star (in this pic, a retired one), although Binder didn’t seem to think it was an issue.

“I thought of it as a way to use the other [films] as backstory,” Binder said when asked about Costner’s previous baseball pics “Bull Durham” and “For Love of the Game.”

Instead, Binder gamely explained how the project came together. “[Joan] said, ‘I saw a comedy you did, and I would love it if you would do something for me,’ ” explained Binder, who co-starred with Allen in “The Contender.” “So I said ‘All right, but be careful what you ask for.’ “

In order to get Costner, Binder simply picked up the phone.

“I called him at home and asked him to read it,” Binder said. “He had been a fan of my standup. He said ‘I have been watching your show on HBO (“The Mind of the Married Man”), and it’s been like watching my own dirty laundry, so I am more interested to see what you [have] written.’ “

Owen Wilson, Tim Allen and Cheryl Tiegs also attended the preem.

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Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood
MIke Binder, Joan Allen

Mike Binder, Joan Allen

Christine Baumgartner, Kevin Costner

Christine Baumgartner, Kevin Costner
Keri Russell

Keri Russell

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